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The Reason I Jump

one boy's voice from the silence of autism

By Naoki Higashida, David Mitchell (Translated by), Keiko Yoshida (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Other Information: 11 Illustrations, unspecified
Published In: United Kingdom, 24 April 2014
The No. 1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book provides a rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children. Using a question and answer format, Naoki explains things like why he talks loudly or repeats the same questions, what causes him to have panic attacks, and why he likes to jump. He also shows the way he thinks and feels about his world - other people, nature, time and beauty, and himself. Abundantly proving that people with autism do possess imagination, humour and empathy, he also makes clear how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. It gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.The book also features eleven original illustrations, inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.

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The No. 1 Sunday Times and internationally bestselling account of life as an autistic child. 'Brilliant ... both moving and strangely optimistic' (Daily Telegraph).


About the Author

Naoki Higashida was born in Kimitsu, Japan in 1992. He was diagnosed with autism in 1998 and subsequently attended a school for students with special needs, then (by correspondence) Atmark Cosmopolitan High School, graduating in 2011. Having learnt to use a method of communication based on an alphabet grid, Naoki wrote The Reason I Jump when he was thirteen and it was published in Japan in 2007. He has published several books since, from autobiographical accounts about living with autism to fairy tales, poems and illustrated books, and writes a regular blog. Despite his communication challenges, he also gives presentations about life on the autistic spectrum throughout Japan and works to raise awareness about autism. In 2011 he appeared in director Gerry Wurzburg's documentary on the subject, Wretches & Jabberers.David Mitchell is the author of the novels Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. He has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and won several awards for his writing. KA Yoshida was born in Yamaguchi, Japan, and specialised in English Poetry at Notre Dame Seishin University.


[The Reason I Jump] has been impossible to forget. -- Ian Thomson, Books of the Year 2013 * Evening Standard * The freshness of voice coexists with so much wisdom . . . it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human. * The Times * This is a wonderful book. I defy anyone not to be captivated, charmed and uplifted by it. But above all, you will never feel the same about autism again. * Evening Standard * The Reason I Jump reads effortlessly, each page challenging preconceptions that autistic people lack empathy, humour or imagination. * Independent on Sunday * The most remarkable book of the year. The book throws a pontoon bridge over the chasm dividing autistic and neuro-typical experience. -- Charlotte Moore, Books of the Year 2013 * Spectator * An extraordinary account of how autism feels from the inside. * Observer *

EAN: 9781444776775
ISBN: 1444776770
Publisher: Sceptre
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 x 1.5 centimeters (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Mokai Siaki on
A beautiful, honest and sometimes heart wrenching book which I wish I could have read when our son was first diagnosed. Through the eyes of someone so young on the Spectrum but with the worldly insight and wisdom of one much older. This easy to read book is a reminder to us all of their daily struggle in a world that is not so accepting of difference. Any questions you may have asked yourself about why they do the things they do are all answered here from his perspective and you also get a glimpse of the beauty in which he sees the world and makes sense of it. I would highly recommend this to anyone with even the slightest interest in Autism.
Margaritha Bakas on
I loved this book! As a grandmother of a Autistic Boy I enjoyed reading it. I cried and laughed at the same time and it gave me an insight into my grandsons feelings and some of his reasons of his behaviour. It reassured me that loving him is most probably the only thing I can do and hoping for a good life for him in the future. I hope his Mum and Dad will be there for him for a long time.

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